Friday, 26 May 2017

The mini-revival in migration continued for another day, with a good list of highlights given how late in the season it was. Birdwise, the star of the show was a fine Turtle Dove, our first of the year, and if recent trends are anything to go by we'll consider ourselves fortunate to get another. This individual was seen in the Ty Pellaf/Pen Cristin area for about half an hour, before joining a flock of six Collared Doves (at least ten were present today in a noticeable arrival), and disappearing north over the mountain.

The definition of a record shot

However, a stunning rorqual stole the show from our regular avian features, when one very fortunate observer jammed in on a MINKE WHALE seawatching late in the evening! It surfaced twice off the West Coast, and appeared to be heading north, but a lengthy vigil from the Obs couldn't reolcate it. It did, however, reveal one of two Skua. sp seen during the day. A mixture of appalling light, heat haze and the sheer distance of both birds prevented specific identification. Otherwise the sea was fairly quiet, but 521 Manx Shearwaters and 81 Kittiwakes were logged.

On land, Spotted Flycatcher and Chiffchaff numbered four apiece, with two Blackcaps and a single, late White Wagtail also of note. 57 Swallows and 30 House Martins moved through, alongside nine Swifts, five Sand Martins and a single, heard-only Flava Wagtail. Most unusual of the vis-migging selection were five Grey Herons, heading north along the West Coast mid-afternoon. What exactly were they doing!?

The wader selection on the Narrows was low on numbers but decent on diversity, with three Sanderlings, two apiece of Whimbrels, Curlews and Turnstones and a single Ringed Plover. Five smart adult Black-headed Gulls were also in Solfach, with another two passing south over the South End. Finally, a few notable lepidoptera sightings included four Speckled Woods around Nant, four Common Blues on the wing and 13 Red Admirals, the latter hinting at some obvious immigration at play, on a fine and sunny day with winds from the right quarter to facilitate it.

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